World AIDS Day - updates

Rappler's latest stories on World AIDS Day


[OPINION] A bigger monster to fight: Depression and living with HIV

Dec 04, 2019 - 9:13 AM

'Yes, I fell in love with someone who was HIV-positive, and despite warnings from other people to just end the relationship, I chose to stay'

[OPINION] The stain in my blood: Thoughts of a person living with HIV

Dec 01, 2019 - 3:00 PM

We don't discriminate against people who have diabetes or high blood pressure, so why would we discriminate against people who have HIV?

#XXXWAD: Catriona Gray, PH celebs rally together in fight to end AIDS

Dec 06, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Local celebs take part in The Red Whistle's #XXXWAD campaign in honor of the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day

Get tested for HIV, end stigma and discrimination, youth urged

Dec 05, 2017 - 10:00 AM

According to a report from DOH, only 33% of HIV positive Filipinos are enrolled in the government’s treatment programs due to stigma and prejudice.

NO STIGMA. Senator Risa Hontiveros undergoes HIV testing to raise public awareness and prevention of the disease. Photo by Abigail Abigan/Rappler

'We will win this': Advocates call to end HIV, AIDS stigma

Dec 05, 2017 - 7:09 AM

Advocates and those living with the virus brings to Twitter their stories in a bid to end discrimination in the country

The week in photos: November 25-December 1, 2017

Dec 02, 2017 - 2:31 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Pope Francis takes a ride in a rickshaw during the second day of his visit to Bangladesh, in Dhaka on December 1, 2017.Pope Francis arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar on November 30 for the second stage of a visit that has been overshadowed by the plight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTO

On World AIDS Day, Duque urges public to break stigma on HIV

Dec 01, 2017 - 8:43 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III calls on HIV positive Filipinos to avail of the free anti-retroviral therapy of the DOH

BREAK THE STIGMA.HIV awareness advocates join DOH Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, and WHO's Dr Rajendra Yada as they hold up HIV awareness ribbons. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: Words Anonymous

Nov 30, 2017 - 8:11 PM

The spoken word artists are bringing their poetry to Rappler HQ

How can we help end the negative impact of HIV?

Nov 30, 2017 - 9:11 AM

In the Philippines, the question is highlighted after media groups and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) struggled to handle a case involving a person living with HIV (PLHIV)

‘Stop HIV shaming’: When status is not the story

Nov 29, 2017 - 7:51 PM

Here are guidelines for government authorities and media groups in handling cases and stories involving persons living with HIV

Pope urges 'responsible behavior' to stop AIDS spread

Nov 30, 2016 - 6:16 PM

In a message ahead of World AIDS Day on Thursday Pope Francis says millions were living with the disease and only half of them have access to lifesaving treatment

URGING RESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR. Pope Francis (R) delivers a speech during his weekly general audience at the Paul VI audience hall on November 30, 2016 in Vatican. Photo by Andreas Solaro/ AFP

#HackHIV: PrEP launched in PH to curb epidemic

Nov 30, 2016 - 1:12 PM

PrEP is a daily pill that can be taken by people without HIV as an additional tool for prevention to lower the chances of contacting the virus

PREVENTION. (L-R) LoveYourself Senior Director Chris Lagman, volunteer Marvin Natural, LoveYourself Founder Vinn Pagtakhan, RITM AIDS Research Chief Dr Rossana Ditangco, and WHO Country Representative Dr Gundo Weiler answer questions from the audience during the PrEP Launch on Tuesday, November 29. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

Hontiveros takes HIV test to fight stigma against virus

Nov 29, 2016 - 1:11 PM

The lawmaker is pushing for a new law that will create new strategies for the government to respond to the HIV AIDS epidemic

NO STIGMA. Senator Risa Hontiveros gets tested for HIV to raise awareness for World AIDS Day. Photo by Joseph Vidal/ Senate PPRIB

World AIDS Day: Spreading awareness, fighting stigma against HIV

Dec 02, 2015 - 1:47 PM

On World AIDS Day netizens say the HIV epidemic can be solved in two ways: curbing the rise of new infections and fighting the stigma attached to people living with HIV

How I got HIV and how it changed my life

Dec 01, 2015 - 12:26 PM

When a slightly more attractive guy wanted me and he didn’t want to use a condom I caved in So when my health began to deteriorate late last year I already knew what happened to my body

Free HIV screening, pageant set for World AIDS Day

Nov 23, 2015 - 12:28 PM

LoveYourself a volunteer group campaigning for HIV awareness is holding a pageant and HIV screening on November 29 2015

#WorldAIDSDay campaign: Get tested!

Dec 01, 2014 - 6:58 PM

There are more cases of HIV AIDS in the Philippines than what has been recorded because people don t get tested for fear of the stigma Snap out of it says a campaign

World Aids Day: Coming out twice

Dec 04, 2013 - 6:03 PM

I am only brave enough to write this and be open about my status because of the courage of all those affected with HIV who came before me

Poetry slam held in Baguio for HIV awareness

Dec 01, 2013 - 11:30 PM

Twelve poetry slammers read and composed poems about AIDS and HIV

Suu Kyi urges 'freedom from fear' on World AIDS Day

Dec 01, 2013 - 4:16 PM

Suu Kyi draws parallels between the plight of sufferers and her own struggle for democracy at the launch on World AIDS Day of a new zero discrimination campaign

'FREEDOM FROM FEAR.' Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at a World AIDS Day function at Government House in Melbourne on December 1, 2013. AFP/Pool/Paul Crock

Number of adolescents with HIV jumps by one-third: UN

Nov 25, 2013 - 10:46 PM

More than two million adolescents aged 10 to 19 are infected by the HIV virus

RISING NUMBERS. According to the WHO, the failure to provide proper adolescent-focused programs led to a 50% increase in reported AIDS-related deaths in the age group from 2005 to 2012

Why I got tested for HIV

Dec 08, 2012 - 9:30 AM

There’s been a lot of focus on the prevalence of the disease in MSM communities and certain high risk occupations but I think spotlighting these narrow points detracts the public from a larger and scarier truth: HIV does not discriminate

HIV testing walkthrough

Dec 08, 2012 - 7:58 AM

A walkthrough of HIV testing

Social Media wRap: Baby Hashtag, good deeds, and trolls

Dec 01, 2012 - 3:23 PM

Amid all the crazy things that happened on social media this week we found a couple of stories that could inspire you to do something good

AIDS: Chinese study raises flag over drugs-as-prevention hope

Dec 01, 2012 - 9:01 AM

A Chinese study published on World AIDS Day on Saturday says drugs used to curb HIV in infected people also help protect their uninfected partner but far less effectively than other research has found

Dancing to promote HIV/AIDS awareness

Nov 30, 2012 - 10:06 PM

The City of Paranaque hosts a zumba marathon for HIV AIDS awareness

DANCE AGAINST HIV. Participants dance their way to HIV/AIDS education. Photo by Devon Wong